Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Dead Body Found at Swallow Cliff

Since Swallow Cliff is a pretty popular spot for local birders, we're posting the entire article:

Woman's body found at Swallow Cliff
December 26, 2006
By Jonathan Lipman Staff writer
An unidentified woman was found dead in a picnic grove near Palos Park on Christmas morning, authorities said.

A fully clothed white woman, between 25 and 35 years old, was found about 9 a.m. Monday in the Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve near 119th Street and LaGrange Road, forest preserve district police spokesman Steve Mayberry said.

A man walking his dog made the grisly discovery in a grassy area of the grove and contacted police.

There were no immediate signs of foul play, but the odd circumstances have prompted a full death investigation by the county sheriff's police, which handles detective work for the district police, Mayberry said. Police have not ruled out homicide.

"We think it was something that happened overnight," Mayberry said. "We can't be sure, but there was no indication that (the body) had been there for a very long time at all."
Investigators at this point have no leads into who the woman was, Mayberry said.

"Unfortunately, she did not have any ID with her. We are hoping that with dental records and things, the medical examiner's office can make an identification," Mayberry said.
The medical examiner's office did not have any information as of Monday evening. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Anyone with information about the case can call forest preserve police at (800) 870-3666.


i am not said...

Hi, I just heard about this and found your post by doing a google search. Am wondering if you have any more info, where you found this, if there is a follow up on the story, etc. My husband and I have climbed the stairs at SC for a long time and have stopped for now because of the weather... are a bit worried about this situation and want to know how to find more info on this - when I do a google search all I get is your blog.


Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

We saw the initial article on the Tribune web site, but there was little or no follow-up from any of the local papers, no additional info in the Star, Southtown, etc., which all seems a bit strange.

However, having spent quite a bit of time in almost all of the Palos preserves, Swallow Cliff seems to us to be one of the safest, especially if you are just doing the stairs. But this incident is a reminder that you should always be careful, even in relatively safe areas.